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How to use WoodCream Softener to create an aged or transparent effectUpdated a year ago

Consult the TDS prior to using WoodCream. 

Materials needed

Application process


  1. Apply in temperatures between 50°F – 80°F. Ensure that the vertical wood is dry and clean.
  2. In case of extremely soiled and oily wood or mildew stains, the wood must be cleaned with a mixture of 10% Exterior Wood Cleaner and water. 


  1. Prepare the surface in order to achieve the desired result (planed, sanded, wire brushed…). 
  2. Remove sanding dust from the surface and wipe dry. 
  3. Stir WoodCream well and dilute it with WoodCream Softener in order to create a more transparent effect (proportion: max 1:1). 
  4. Apply carefully and evenly to the vertical surface with a block brush suitable for water-beading products. Work with the grain in sections approximately 3 to 4 boards wide. It’s best to keep a wet edge. In one motion, use an application brush to perform a final pass, ensuring the WoodCream application is even and consistent. 

Clean up

  • Rinse brush used to apply WoodCream in water.


In general, we recommend a yearly visual check-up just after the winter season. Please check for the presence of the following:

  • Dirt & green deposits; clean with low-pressure water and a soft brush 
  • Color fading
  • Diminishing water-beading effect; if necessary, apply a maintenance coat according to the instructions. 

The frequency of maintenance depends on the weather conditions. 

  • In normal weather conditions: every 5 years  
  • In extreme weather conditions: every 3 years 
  • Frequency according to exposure, geographical situation, solar orientation of the treated wood, wood type, and desired shade. Waterfront, seaside, pilling, wetland, and marshland scenarios sometimes require more frequent maintenance. 


For information regarding refreshing your WoodCream finished surfaces, please review WoodCream maintenance. 


To set you up for success, please review the WoodCream tips.

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